Add an activity to your child’s summer to-do list that will not only be fun and engaging, but one that will also teach art, STEM and social-emotional skills.
The Osmo gaming system is created by young parents and encourages creative thinking and social interaction by turning any physical object into a digitally connected game piece.
There are six Osmo games: Osmo Newton, Osmo Masterpiece, Osmo Tangram, Osmo Words, Osmo Numbers and Osmo Coding and can be downloaded for free at the iTunes App store. Tangram, Coding, Words and Numbers use physical objects that come with the set, whereas Newton and Masterpiece only require use of the Osmo reflector and base.
While the games are designed for children age 6 to 12, I admittedly had fun testing them with my 6-year-old cousin. I enjoyed watching him dive into Tangram and Numbers. I noticed he immediately had fun interacting with the blocks and iPad screen; earning points during each game was a huge bonus! The reward factor of the games makes children feel proud of their accomplishments. The storyline behind the games are also fun, because of the animations and sounds.
The Osmo games are effective, because while the children are having fun, they are also learning! My cousin—and all children—can spend productive time on an iPad, not just watching how-to YouTube videos for popular video games.
I’d recommend parents incorporate the Osmo games into their child’s daily activities to keep them learning outside of the classroom. It’s a fun and educational experience that will keep kids engaged for hours.
Here’s a view of the games in action:
Here’s a closer look at what children learn using each game:
This game attracts players of all ages to quickly guess the word by tossing the letter tiles in front of the screen. Fast paced gameplay with increasing difficulty encourages players to think outside the box.Words
With Numbers, kids can learn math without the pressure of time or the fear that they’ll get the wrong answer. Osmo allows kids to learn through experimentation in a stress-free environment. Experimenting becomes fast and intuitive.
Grab anything around you to build structures that magically become part of the game; guiding on-screen bouncing balls to hit targets. You’ll need an object for this game.
Pick any image from the camera, curated gallery, or integrated web search and Masterpiece will transform it into easy-to-follow lines and help you draw it to perfection. You can then share a time-lapse video of your creation with your friends and family. You’ll need a pen and paper for this.
Coding teaches logic skills and problem solving and helps kids succeed in an increasingly digital world. Osmo Coding is the easiest way to introduce coding to your child. You’ll need the coding blocks for this game.
The Osmo gaming system works with latest iPads: iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4 iPad Mini, iPad Mini Retina, iPad Air.
The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.